A Lifetime of Smiles Begins Right Here
Good dental practices will have a lasting impact. Good dental experience early will provide the foundation for your child to continue healthy dental habits into the future. A child is not born with a fear of dentists; however, children often have a fear of the unknown.
We at Bella Vita Dental Clinic strive to keep everything at the office non-frightening, child-friendly, and simple to help a child learn a new environment at the dental office and be comfortable.
we focus on early prevention and making quality treatment a top priority. From the very first visit, we will work with you to make a lasting impact on your child’s health, development, and well-being.
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health problems in children. Our pediatric dentists have specialized training that qualifies them to provide care for children’s teeth and gums as they change throughout childhood. Our pediatric dentists provide comprehensive care, from preventative treatment like cleanings, fluoride varnish treatment and sealants to treatment for oral disease and injuries. they will also counsel parents about a child’s nutritional and hygienic habits.
What ages of children do pediatric dentists treat?
A pediatric dentist will treat patients from birth through adolescence. it is recommended that young patients begin visiting a pediatric dentist no later than the first birthday when most children already have the first tooth. Children will continue to visit the dentist periodically throughout childhood to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Infant Oral Care
A lifetime of good oral health begins during infancy, even before the first teeth emerge. Parents who are well-educated in children’s dental health can more adequately ensure that a child’s oral care needs are met. From an early age, pediatric dentists serve as partners in oral health and prevention, answering questions and providing helpful information about teething and at-home oral care.
To best address your infant’s oral needs you can wipe infant’s teeth gently with a moist, soft cloth. As teeth erupt, use a child’s toothbrush with a small smear of toothpaste. By age two or three begin to teach your child to brush, then you will need to brush where they miss.
- Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top, and bottom.
- Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces.
- Gently brush the tongue and roof of the mouth to remove debris.
- Floss between teeth daily.
How should I take care of my baby’s teeth and gums at home?
Infants do not have teeth to brush or floss. However, they do have gums that should be cleansed gently with a damp cloth each day. Once the first tooth emerges, an age appropriately sized toothbrush can be used to carefully brush and prevent the build-up of plaque.
Should I bring my infant to the dentist?
Yes. Early visits to the dentist are highly informational and supportive. Children should visit the dentist for the first time within six months of getting a first tooth and no later than age one. Keep in mind that the initial dental visits for babies and toddlers allow the doctor to both examine the child and also educate the parent on dental health. This can have significant long-term impact on your child’s oral health.
Is there anything I can do to prevent early childhood tooth decay?
Do not allow your child to go to bed with a bottle containing anything other than water. Sugar-containing liquids such as milk, juice and soda can, can lead to a condition known as ‘baby bottle decay’.
How can I make a pediatric dental appointment?
Our staff is happy to assist you through the process of making the first appointment for your child. Simply call our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members and schedule your child’s visit. We aim to make your child’s experience as comfortable as possible.